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This article is about the archer units in Age of Empires II. For other uses, see Archer.

Archers in Age of Empires II are one of the four combat forces on land, the other ones being infantry, cavalry, and siege weapons.

General information[]

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Archer fireanim aoe2de

Many different archer units firing over an enemy wall.

While being comparatively frail, all archer units possess a ranged attack, giving them an edge over non-ranged units. Most archers are foot soldiers, but there are also mounted variants. Cavalry Archers set themselves apart from foot archers by having an above average speed, making them able to hit-and-run enemy foot soldiers without casualties.

Archer units become available in the Feudal Age. Unique archer units are trained at the Castle. There are three exceptions: the Genitour, the Slinger, and the Imperial Skirmisher (unique upgrade of the Elite Skirmisher, available to the Vietnamese and their allies) are trained at the Archery Range.

Most archer units cost only wood and gold, but some instead cost food in place of either one.

Archers can be classified in three categories depending on their upgrades:

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The Skirmisher, the no. 1 archer counter

As such different civilizations excel in different types of archer units. While Gunpowder units can also be foot and mounted, there is not enough variety, and they all benefit from the same upgrades and civilization bonuses. Gunpowder units also includes non-archer units, like Siege and Naval, but the term usually refers to archer-type units. Archers excel at massed battles against non-ranged units, and in battles in narrow passages and densely developed areas, like forests and towns. There, they can use their range to fire over each other, while non-ranged units have to 'dig' themselves through an army of archers. In battles with few units, though, archers have trouble holding ground.

Archers in general are superior to infantry and Monks, and can very effectively eliminate Villagers. But they struggle heavily against siege units, which deal Area of Effect damage (especially the Mangonel) and can eliminate entire armies of archers quickly. Battering Rams are also a useful supportive semi-counter against large mono-archer armies, especially for players using archers themselves. While Rams deal little to no damage to archers on their own, they can be sent close to the archers, drawing automatic fire, which they resist thanks to their high pierce armor, allowing other ranged units to quickly dispatch the distracted enemy archers. This tactic forces the opponent to use intense micromanagement. Cavalry is also quite effective against archers, since they can close the gap quickly and have high pierce armor. But the easiest counter against archers is the Skirmisher, a trash unit that is cheap, easy to mass, and does both resist archer attacks and deal bonus damage against archers.

Other notable counters are Huskarls, Eagle Warriors, Ghulams, Rattan Archers, Genitours, and War Wagons, the latter three being archers themselves.

List of archer units[]

Marked with yellow background are unique units.

Archer unit B Age Hpicon aoe2de
AoE2DE icon Pierce Attack
Armoricon aoe2de
Range-armoricon aoe2de
Rangeicon aoe2de
AoE2DE icon Reload Time
FD Ac LOS AoE2DE icon Movement Speed
Aoe2de food
Aoe2de wood
Aoe2de gold
TT Civs
Archer aoe2DE Archer Archery Range
Feudal Age
30 4 0 0 4 2 15 80 6 0.96 0 25 45 35 All
Crossbowman aoe2DE Crossbowman
Castle Age
35 5 5 85 7 0.96 27 All except Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians and Spanish AoE2 Spanish
Arbalester aoe2DE Arbalester
Imperial Age
40 6 20 90 0.96 25
Skirmisher aoe2DE Skirmisher Archery Range
Feudal Age
30 2 0 3 4 3 19 90 6 0.96 25 35 0 22 All
Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Elite Skirmisher
Castle Age
35 3 0 4 5 7 All except Turks AoE2 Turks
Imperialskirmishericon-DE Imperial Skirmisher
Imperial Age
4 5 95 Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese and allies
Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Cavalry Archer Archery Range
Castle Age
50 6 0 0 4 2 35 50 5 1.4 0 40 60 34 38
Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Heavy Cavalry Archer
Imperial Age
60 7 1 46 80 6 27 30
Hand cannoneer aoe2DE Hand Cannoneer Archery Range
Imperial Age
40 17 1 0 7 3.45 15 75 9 0.96 45 0 50 34 23
Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon Elephant Archer Archery Range
Castle Age
230 6 0 2 4 2 24 70 7 0.9 80 0 70 32 3
ElephantArcherIcon-DE Elite Elephant Archer
Imperial Age
280 7 85
LongbowmanIcon-DE Longbowman Castle
Castle Age
35 6 0 0 5 2 10 70 7 0.96 0 35 40 18 Britons AoE2 Britons
LongbowmanIcon-DE Elite Longbowman
Imperial Age
40 7 1 6 80 8
ChukoNuIcon-DE Chu Ko Nu Castle
Castle Age
45 8* + 3* 0 0 4 3 19 85 6 0.96 0 40 35 16 Chinese AoE2 Chinese
ChukoNuIcon-DE Elite Chu Ko Nu
Imperial Age
50 8* + 3* 13
MangudaiIcon-DE Mangudai Castle
Castle Age
60 6 0 0 4 2.1 23 95 6 1.4 0 55 65 26 Mongols AoE2 Mongols
MangudaiIcon-DE Elite Mangudai
Imperial Age
8 1
JanissaryIcon-DE Janissary Castle
Castle Age
35 17 1 0 7 3.45 12 50 10 0.96 60 0 55 21 Turks AoE2 Turks
JanissaryIcon-DE Elite Janissary
Imperial Age
40 22 2 8 0 65
WarWagonIcon-DE War Wagon Castle
Castle Age
150 9 0 3 4 2.5 32 100 7 1.2 0 200 60 21 Koreans AoE2 Koreans
WarWagonIcon-DE Elite War Wagon
Imperial Age
200 4 5 8
PlumedArcherIcon-DE Plumed Archer Castle
Castle Age
50 5 0 1 4 1.9 15 80 6 1.2 0 55 55 16 Mayans AoE2 Mayans
PlumedArcherIcon-DE Elite Plumed Archer
Imperial Age
65 2 5 90 7
ConquistadorIcon-DE Conquistador Castle
Castle Age
55 16 2 1 6 2.9 13 65 8 1.3 60 0 70 24 Spanish AoE2 Spanish
ConquistadorIcon-DE Elite Conquistador
Imperial Age
70 18 2 70 9
SlingerIcon-DE Slinger Archery Range
Castle Age
40 5 0 0 5 2 14 90 7 0.96 40 0 40 25 Incas AoE2 Incas
GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Genoese Crossbowman Castle
Castle Age
45 6 1 0 4 2 15 100 8 0.96 0 45 40 22 Italians AoE2 Italians
GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Elite Genoese Crossbowman
Imperial Age
50 19
CamelArcherIcon-DE Camel Archer Castle
Castle Age
55 7 0 1 4 2 15 95 5 1.4 0 50 60 25 Berbers AoE2 Berbers
CamelArcherIcon-DE Elite Camel Archer
Imperial Age
60 8 1
GenitourIcon-DE Genitour Archery Range
Castle Age
50 3 0 3 4 3 30 90 5 1.35 40 35 0 25 Berbers AoE2 Berbers and allies
GenitourIcon-DE Elite Genitour
Imperial Age
55 4 4 6
Arambaiicon-DE Arambai Castle
Castle Age
60 12 0 1 5 2 15 20 5 1.3 0 75 60 21 Burmese AoE2 Burmese
Arambaiicon-DE Elite Arambai
Imperial Age
65 14 2 30
Rattanarchericon-DE Rattan Archer Castle
Castle Age
40 6 0 4 4 2 23 80 6 1.1 0 50 45 16 Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese
Rattanarchericon-DE Elite Rattan Archer
Imperial Age
45 7 6 5 90
Kipchakicon Kipchak Castle
Castle Age
40 4 + 3* 0 0 4 2.2 0 90 6 1.4 0 60 35 20 Cumans AoE2 Cumans
Kipchakicon Elite Kipchak
Imperial Age
45 5 + 3*
Kipchakicon Mercenary Kipchak Castle Cuman Mercenaries 0 0 0 12 Cumans AoE2 Cumans and allies
Aoe2de ratha ranged Ranged Ratha Castle
Castle Age
105 5 2 1 4 2 14 80 6 1.3 0 60 60 18 Bengalis AoE2 Bengalis
Aoe2de ratha ranged Ranged Elite Ratha
Imperial Age
115 6 90
AoE2 CompositeBowman Composite Bowman Castle
Castle Age
40 4 1 0 4 2 12 100 7 0.96 0 35 45 12 Armenians AoE2 Armenians
AoE2 CompositeBowman Elite Composite Bowman
Imperial Age
45 2 10

A * mark denotes that it has an additional 0 melee attack.

The following archer units are only available in the Scenario Editor:

Archer unit HP At Ar PA Ra ROF FD Ac LOS Sp
Amazonarcher aoe2DE Amazon Archer 45 5 0 1 4 1.9 5 80 6 1.1
GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Heavy Crossbowman 50 10 1 4 6 4.2 15 90 8 0.9
Khan aoe2de Khan 160 12 2 2 4 2.1 23 95 6 1.45
Royal janissary aoe2de Royal Janissary 40 22 2 0 8 3.45 0 65 10 0.96


Listed below are all technologies that benefit archer units. Marked with yellow background are unique technologies. This list does not contain unit upgrades.

Technology Researched at Age Civilization Effect Type of unit affected
ThumbRingDE Thumb Ring Archery range aoe2DE Archery Range CastleageDE 28 Increases Rate of Fire and accuracy (the latter to 100%)
  • Foot archers
  • Mounted archers
ParthianTacticsDE Parthian Tactics Archery range aoe2DE Archery Range ImperialageDE 14 Increases armor by +1/+2 (except for Genitours) and attack vs Pikemen by 0, +2 or +4
  • Mounted archers
  • Arambai
BloodlinesDE Bloodlines Stable aoe2DE Stable FeudalageDE 31 Increases hit points by +20
  • Mounted archers
  • Conquistador
  • Arambai
HusbandryDE Husbandry Stable aoe2DE Stable CastleageDE 38 Increases movement speed by +10%
FletchingDE Fletching Blacksmith aoe2de Blacksmith FeudalageDE All Increases range and attack by +1
  • Foot archers
  • Mounted archers
BodkinArrowDE Bodkin Arrow CastleageDE All
BracerDE Bracer ImperialageDE 37 Increases range and attack by +1
PaddedArcherArmorDE Padded Archer Armor Blacksmith aoe2de Blacksmith FeudalageDE All Increases armor by +1/+1 All
LeatherArcherArmorDE Leather Archer Armor CastleageDE All except Burmese AoE2 Burmese Increases armor by +1/+1
RingArcherArmorDE Ring Archer Armor ImperialageDE 34 Increases armor by +1/+2
BallisticsDE Ballistics University AoE2 DE University CastleageDE All Track moving targets
  • Foot archers
  • Mounted archers
  • Arambai
ChemistryDE Chemistry University AoE2 DE University ImperialageDE All Increases attack by +1

Enables Hand Cannoneer

  • Foot archers
  • Mounted archers
  • Arambai
HerbalDE Herbal Medicine MonasteryAoe2DE Monastery CastleageDE 41 Garrisoned units heal 6x faster
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted) MonasteryAoe2DE Monastery CastleageDE 26 Converted units die instead of changing color
Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max) MonasteryAoe2DE Monastery CastleageDE All Increases conversion resistance by 15%
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max) MonasteryAoe2DE Monastery ImperialageDE 41 Increases conversion resistance
ConscriptionDE Conscription Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE All Increases creation speed by +33%
UniqueTechCastle-DE Atlatl Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs Skirmishers and Genitours +1 attack and range
UniqueTechCastle-DE Paiks Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Bengalis AoE2 Bengalis Rathas and Elephant Archers attack 20% faster
UniqueTechCastle-DE Kasbah Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Berbers AoE2 Berbers Castle production and research speed increased by +25%
UniqueTechImperialDE Maghrebi Camels Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Berbers AoE2 Berbers Camel Archers regenerate 15 HP per minute
UniqueTechCastle-DE Wagenburg Tactics Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Bohemians AoE2 Bohemians Hand Cannoneers move 15% faster Gunpowder units
UniqueTechCastle-DE Yeomen Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Britons AoE2 Britons Increases range by 1 Foot archers
UniqueTechImperialDE Rocketry Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Chinese AoE2 Chinese Increases Chu Ko Nu attack by +2
UniqueTechCastle-DE Steppe Husbandry Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Cumans AoE2 Cumans Cavalry Archers created 100% faster
UniqueTechImperialDE Cuman Mercenaries Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Cumans AoE2 Cumans Allows Cumans and their allies to train 5 mercenary Kipchaks for free per Castle
UniqueTechCastle-DE Medical Corps Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Dravidians AoE2 Dravidians Elephant Archers regenerate 30 HP per minute
UniqueTechCastle-DE Kshatriyas Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras Units cost -25% food
UniqueTechImperialDE Frontier Guards Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras Elephant Archers get +4 melee armor
UniqueTechCastle-DE Andean Sling Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Incas AoE2 Incas Removes minimum range of Slingers, Skirmishers, and Genitours
Increases Slinger attack by 1
UniqueTechImperialDE Fabric Shields Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Incas AoE2 Incas Increases Slinger armor by +1/+2
UniqueTechImperialDE Shatagni Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Hindustanis AoE2 Hindustanis Increases Hand Cannoneer range by +2
UniqueTechCastle-DE Pavise Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Italians AoE2 Italians Increases armor by +1/+1 Foot archers except Skirmishers
UniqueTechImperialDE Tower Shields Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Lithuanians AoE2 Lithuanians Skirmishers have +2 pierce armor
UniqueTechImperialDE Recurve Bow Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Magyars AoE2 Magyars Increases range and attack by +1 Mounted archers except Genitours
UniqueTechCastle-DE Hul'che Javelineers Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Mayans AoE2 Mayans Skirmishers and Genitours throw an additional javelin
UniqueTechCastle-DE Kamandaran Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Persians AoE2 Persians Archer line gold cost replaced by additional wood cost
UniqueTechImperialDE Arquebus Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese Track moving targets; projectiles are faster Gunpowder units
UniqueTechCastle-DE First Crusade (+4 min, +4 max) Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians Increases conversion resistance
UniqueTechCastle-DE Silk Armor Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Tatars AoE2 Tatars Increases armor by +1/+1 Mounted archers
UniqueTechCastle-DE Sipahi Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Turks AoE2 Turks Increases HP by +20 Mounted archers
UniqueTechImperialDE Bogsveigar Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Vikings AoE2 Vikings Increases Archer-line attack by +1


The Britons, Chinese, Ethiopians, Italians, Mayans, Saracens, and Vietnamese are arguably the best foot archer civilizations because of their bonuses and unique technologies. The Koreans, Persians, Portuguese, and Vikings also have bonuses and unique technologies that benefit their statistics and production by decreasing their cost, providing more protection, and being upgraded faster, making them strong foot archer civilizations, but weaker than the afore-mentioned civilizations.

The Japanese and Saracens are the only civilizations with access to all archer units and technologies. This also applied to the Indians until patch 5.5, when Arbalesters were removed from their technology tree.

The Burgundians, Burmese, Celts, Franks, Romans, and Slavs lack key upgrades for their archer units, making them the weakest archer civilizations. The Bulgarians and the Spanish are the only civilizations that lack the Crossbowman upgrade.

As far as mounted archers are concerned, the Berbers, Cumans, Huns, Koreans, Magyars, Mongols, Saracens, Tatars, and Turks are the most prominent civilizations. Generally speaking, civilizations with access to Parthian Tactics have prominent mounted archers. While the Persians have access to Parthian Tactics earlier than other civilizations, as they can research it in the Castle Age, they still fall off in the Imperial Age due to lacking Bracer.

Technology trees[]

= Available
= Unavailable
= Researched for free or fully covered by a civilization bonus if unavailable
Civilization Crossbowman aoe2DE Arbalester aoe2DE Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Hand cannoneer aoe2DE ThumbRingDE ParthianTacticsDE BloodlinesDE Husbandry LeatherArcherArmorDE RingArcherArmorDE BracerDE
Armenians AoE2 Armenians
Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs
Bengalis AoE2 Bengalis Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon ElephantArcherIcon-DE
Berbers AoE2 Berbers
Bohemians AoE2 Bohemians
Britons AoE2 Britons
Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians
Burgundians AoE2 Burgundians
Burmese AoE2 Burmese
Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines
Celts AoE2 Celts
Chinese AoE2 Chinese
Cumans AoE2 Cumans
Dravidians AoE2 Dravidians Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon ElephantArcherIcon-DE
Ethiopians AoE2 Ethiopians
Franks AoE2 Franks
Georgians AoE2 Georgians
Goths AoE2 Goths
Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon ElephantArcherIcon-DE
Hindustanis AoE2 Hindustanis
Huns AoE2 Huns
Incas AoE2 Incas
Italians AoE2 Italians
Japanese AoE2 Japanese
Khmer AoE2 Khmer
Koreans AoE2 Koreans
Lithuanians AoE2 Lithuanians
Magyars AoE2 Magyars
Malay AoE2 Malay
Malians AoE2 Malians
Mayans AoE2 Mayans
Mongols AoE2 Mongols
Persians AoE2 Persians
Poles AoE2 Poles
Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese
Romans AoE2 Romans
Saracens AoE2 Saracens
Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians
Slavs AoE2 Slavs
Spanish AoE2 Spanish
Tatars AoE2 Tatars
Teutons AoE2 Teutons
Turks AoE2 Turks
Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese
Vikings AoE2 Vikings
Byzantines, Dravidians, Italians, Japanese, Koreans, Portuguese, and Saracens are the only civilizations that have access to fully upgraded Arbalesters and Hand Cannoneers.

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs: Archers are created 11% faster.
  • Bengalis AoE2 Bengalis: Elephant Archers receive -25% bonus damage and are more resistant to conversion.
  • Bohemians AoE2 Bohemians: Hand Cannoneers and Chemistry are available in the Castle Age.
  • Britons AoE2 Britons: Foot archers (except Skirmishers) have +1/+2 range in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians: Blacksmith technologies that benefit archers cost -50% food.
  • Burgundians AoE2 Burgundians: Hand Cannoneers have +25% attack. Husbandry is 50% cheaper.
  • Burmese AoE2 Burmese: Researching Devotion, Faith, and Herbal Medicine are 50% cheaper.
  • Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines: Skirmishers are 25% cheaper.
  • Chinese AoE2 Chinese: Technologies that benefit archers are 5%/10%/15% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Cumans AoE2 Cumans: Mounted archers move 10%/15% faster in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Dravidians AoE2 Dravidians: Skirmishers, Genitours and Elephant Archers attack 25% faster.
  • Ethiopians AoE2 Ethiopians: Archer line fires 18% faster.
  • Franks AoE2 Franks: Mounted archers have +20% hit points.
  • Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras: Genitours deal +30%/+40% bonus damage in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Hindustanis AoE2 Hindustanis: Hand Cannoneers have +1/+1 armor.
  • Huns AoE2 Huns: Cavalry Archers are 10%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Incas AoE2 Incas: Archer units cost -20%/-25%/-30% food in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Italians AoE2 Italians: Hand Cannoneers are 20% cheaper. Ballistics and Chemistry are 33% cheaper.
  • Japanese AoE2 Japanese: Mounted archers have +2 attack against archers (except Skirmishers).
  • Koreans AoE2 Koreans: Archer units cost -50% wood. Archer armor upgrades are free.
  • Lithuanians AoE2 Lithuanians: Skirmishers move 10% faster.
  • Mayans AoE2 Mayans: Foot archers (except Skirmishers) are 10%/20%/30% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Mongols AoE2 Mongols: Mounted archers fire 25% faster.
  • Persians AoE2 Persians: Mounted archers get 5 gold for each military unit killed.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Archer units cost -20% gold.
  • Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians: Archers receive -33% bonus damage.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Blacksmith technologies that affect archers cost no gold. Researching technologies that benefit archer units provides 20 gold each. Hand Cannoneers fire 18% faster.
  • Tatars AoE2 Tatars: Archers deal +50% damage when attacking from higher elevation (instead of +25%). Parthian Tactics and Thumb Ring are free.
  • Turks AoE2 Turks: Hand Cannoneers and Janissaries have +25% HP and Chemistry is free.
  • Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese: Archery Range units and mercenary Kipchaks have +20% HP. Conscription is free.

Team bonuses[]

  • Berbers AoE2 Berbers: Genitour available at the Archery Range starting in the Castle Age.
  • Britons AoE2 Britons: Archery Ranges work 10% faster.
  • Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians: Blacksmith technologies that affect archers are researched 80% faster.
  • Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras: Camel Archers and Elephant Archers are created 25% faster.
  • Huns AoE2 Huns: Bloodlines and Husbandry are researched 20% faster.
  • Hindustanis AoE2 Hindustanis: Camel Archers have +2 attack against standard buildings.
  • Lithuanians AoE2 Lithuanians: Devotion, Faith, Herbal Medicine, and Heresy are researched 20% faster.
  • Magyars AoE2 Magyars: Mounted archers are created 25% faster.
  • Malians AoE2 Malians: Ballistics and Chemistry are researched 80% faster.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Technologies that benefit archers are researched 25% faster.
  • Saracens AoE2 Saracens: Foot archers have +3 attack against standard buildings.
  • Tatars AoE2 Tatars: Mounted archers have +2 Line of Sight.
  • Teutons AoE2 Teutons: Archers are more resistant to conversion.
  • Turks AoE2 Turks: Hand Cannoneers, Janissaries, and Conquistadors are created 25% faster.
  • Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese: Imperial Skirmisher available at the Archery Range.


  • Excluding the Berbers, all civilizations with prominent Cavalry Archers originate in various parts of Asia, including all 13 with access to Parthian Tactics (though the Huns, Magyars, and Bulgarians ended up establishing their dominion in Europe).
  • Of 57 unique units in the game, 16 are archers, of which 7 are foot archers, 6 are mounted archers, and 3 are gunpowder units. This makes archers the largest group of unique units.
  • Excluding Rattan Archers and Plumed Archers, all foot archers (including Hand Cannoneers) move at a constant speed of 0.96. The only two foot archers that can have their speed increased are the Lithuanian Skirmisher (thanks to their civilization bonus) and the Bohemian Hand Cannoneer (if Wagenburg Tactics is researched).
  • Foot archers are unaffected by infantry speed upgrades/bonuses like Squires or the Celtic civilization bonus. However their mounted counterparts are affected by Husbandry and the Cuman civilization bonus.
  • Though superficially similar to the Elephant Archer and Korean War Wagon, the Khmer Ballista Elephant and Bohemian Hussite Wagon are siege weapons.


Units in Age of Empires II
CivilianMaleVillDE Villager · Tradecart aoe2DE Trade Cart · FishingShipDE Fishing Ship · Trade cog aoe2DE Trade Cog · King eu aoe2DE King
ReligiousMonk aoe2DE Monk
InfantryMilitiaDE Militia · Manatarms aoe2DE Man-at-Arms · Longswordsman aoe2DE Long Swordsman · Twohanded aoe2DE Two-Handed Swordsman · Champion aoe2DE Champion
Spearman aoe2DE Spearman · Aoe2-infantry-2-pikeman Pikeman · Halberdier aoe2DE Halberdier
Eaglescout aoe2DE Eagle Scout · Eaglewarrior aoe2DE Eagle Warrior · EliteEaglewarrior aoe2DE Elite Eagle Warrior
ArcherArcher aoe2DE Archer · Crossbowman aoe2DE Crossbowman · Arbalester aoe2DE Arbalester
Skirmisher aoe2DE Skirmisher · Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Elite Skirmisher
Hand cannoneer aoe2DE Hand Cannoneer
Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Cavalry Archer · Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Heavy Cavalry Archer
Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon Elephant Archer · ElephantArcherIcon-DE Elite Elephant Archer
CavalryScoutcavalry aoe2DE Scout Cavalry · Lightcavalry aoe2DE Light Cavalry · Hussar aoe2DE Hussar
Knight aoe2DE Knight · Cavalier aoe2DE Cavalier · Paladin aoe2DE Paladin
Camelrider aoe2DE Camel Rider · Aoe2 heavycamelriderDE Heavy Camel Rider
Battle elephant aoe2DE Battle Elephant · Elite battle elephant aoe2DE Elite Battle Elephant
Steppelancericon Steppe Lancer · Elitesteppelancericon Elite Steppe Lancer
Xolotlicon Xolotl Warrior
AoE2DE Armored Elephant icon Armored Elephant · AoE2DE Siege Elephant icon Siege Elephant
SiegeBattering ram aoe2DE Battering Ram · Capped ram aoe2DE Capped Ram · Siege ram aoe2DE Siege Ram
Mangonel aoe2DE Mangonel · Onager aoe2DE Onager · Siege onager aoe2DE Siege Onager
Scorpion aoe2DE Scorpion · Heavyscorpion aoe2DE Heavy Scorpion
Bombard cannon aoe2DE Bombard Cannon
Trebuchet aoe2DE Trebuchet
Petard aoe2DE Petard
Siegetower aoe2DE Siege Tower
War shipTransportship aoe2DE Transport Ship
Galley aoe2DE Galley · War galley aoe2DE War Galley · Galleon aoe2DE Galleon
Fire galley aoe2DE Fire Galley · Fireship aoe2DE Fire Ship · Fastfireship aoe2DE Fast Fire Ship
Demoraft aoe2DE Demolition Raft · Demoship aoe2DE Demolition Ship · Heavydemoship aoe2de Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon galleon aoe2DE Cannon Galleon · Elite cannon galleon aoe2de Elite Cannon Galleon
AoE2 Dromon Dromon
ReligiousMissionaryIcon-DE Missionary · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest
InfantryBerserkIcon-DE Berserk · Aoe2de Chakram Chakram Thrower · CondottieroIcon-DE Condottiero · Aoe2-icon-flemish-militia Flemish Militia · GbetoIcon-DE Gbeto · Aoe2de Ghulam Ghulam · HuskarlIcon-DE Huskarl · JaguarWarriorIcon-DE Jaguar Warrior · KamayukIcon-DE Kamayuk · Karambitwarrioricon-DE Karambit Warrior · AoE2 DE Legionary new icon Legionary · Aoe2-icon--obuch Obuch · SamuraiIcon-DE Samurai · Aoe2-icon-serjeant Serjeant · Shotelwarrioricon-DE Shotel Warrior · TeutonicKnightIcon-DE Teutonic Knight · ThrowingAxemanIcon-DE Throwing Axeman · Aoe2de Urumi Urumi Swordsman · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest · WoadRaiderIcon-DE Woad Raider
ArcherArambaiicon-DE Arambai · CamelArcherIcon-DE Camel Archer · ChukoNuIcon-DE Chu Ko Nu · AoE2 CompositeBowman Composite Bowman · ConquistadorIcon-DE Conquistador · GenitourIcon-DE Genitour · GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Genoese Crossbowman · Imperialskirmishericon-DE Imperial Skirmisher · JanissaryIcon-DE Janissary · Kipchakicon Kipchak · LongbowmanIcon-DE Longbowman · MangudaiIcon-DE Mangudai · PlumedArcherIcon-DE Plumed Archer · Aoe2de ratha ranged Ranged Ratha · Rattanarchericon-DE Rattan Archer · SlingerIcon-DE Slinger · WarWagonIcon-DE War Wagon
CavalryBallistaelephanticon-DE Ballista Elephant · BoyarIcon-DE Boyar · Aoe2de camel scout Camel Scout · CataphractIcon-DE Cataphract · Aoe2de roman unique centurion icon Centurion · Aoe2-icon-coustillier Coustillier · Flaming camel icon Flaming Camel · ImperialCamelRiderIcon-DE Imperial Camel Rider · Keshikicon Keshik · Konnikicon Konnik · Leitisicon Leitis · MagyarHuszarIcon-DE Magyar Huszar · MamelukeIcon-DE Mameluke · AoE2 Monaspa Monaspa · Aoe2de ratha melee Melee Ratha · AoE2 Savar Savar · Aoe2de shrivamsha rider Shrivamsha Rider · TarkanIcon-DE Tarkan · WarElephantIcon-DE War Elephant · Aoe2-icon-winged-hussar Winged Hussar
SiegeAoe2-icon--houfnice Houfnice · Aoe2-icon-hussite-wagon Hussite Wagon · OrganGunIcon-DE Organ Gun
War shipCaravelIcon-DE Caravel · LongboatIcon-DE Longboat · Aoe2de Thirisadai Thirisadai · TurtleShipIcon-DE Turtle Ship